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Theses & Dissertations

Thesis & Dissertation Submission Processes

Before proceeding, please review the Steps to Graduation, as the graduation process generally begins the semester before you intend to graduate. Before submitting a thesis or dissertation, students are required to complete his/her final examination and all revisions. We suggest that you schedule and hold your defense as early as possible in the semester of graduation.

Formatting Electronic Theses & Dissertations (commonly called “the guidelines”) is the booklet of rules for creating the required format for your thesis or dissertation. It includes information on preparing and uploading your document to the Digital Commons site, and it summarizes other important information related to graduation. View the optional Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Workshop video. 

The LSU Digital Commons digital repository archives makes accessible research, publications, data, and other institutional records produced by LSU faculty, students, and units. As graduate students, you can choose to make your work openly accessible from the time an editor approves it or withhold your document from public circulation for a specified amount of time.

Carefully choose your period of embargo (restriction of your document from public access) based on your plans for publishing all or part of your document. The Graduate School will not permit changes in the embargo period following document approval. Since you receive no warning when your period of embargo is about to end, make a permanent note of the final embargo date for yourself in case you wish to renew it. The options for embargoing your document are one, three, or seven years. You may elect to restrict your document to LSU email addresses only. 

NOTE: The IRS requires publication as a condition of LSU’s tax-exempt status. To qualify for exemption, we must operate for the public good and publication must be timely. The IRS considers conference presentations, posters, internet publication, etc., as publication. View pdf for more detailed information.

Preparing and Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation

When you are ready to prepare your manuscript for submission, complete the following steps in order.

Make committee revisions and secure final approval of your document from your committee and major professor.

Read the Formatting Guidelines for Theses & Dissertations Handbook and apply its rules to the format of your document.

iThenticate is a professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication.

Graduate students and faculty members should email the Faculty Technology Center (FTC) at to gain access to iThenticate. 

LSU A&M is committed to ensuring that its websites are accessible to people with disabilities. As members of the LSU campus community, we have an accessibility responsibility, particularly those who prepare documents. 

Students documents must be remediated prior to uploading it to the web. Visit to learn more about accessibility and other resources to assist with the task of making your document accessible. 

 Common Links

Confirm that all required forms for graduation have been submitted to the Graduate School; Application for Degree, Survey of Earned Doctorates (only Doctoral students), and Approval Form (your department must send the Approval Form).

Visit Digital Commons to create an account.

  • Do not create more than one Digital Commons account and do not create a new submission to upload document revisions. 
  • Note that your “" email address expires one year after graduation. Please use a long-term email address (ex: Yahoo/iCloud/Gmail) when creating your Digital Commons account.   
  • Use your full name as shown in your university records. The name you use must match the one that is on your approval sheets and on the LSU database.   
  • Choose "Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College" as your Institutional Affiliation.

Select the appropriate submission link below to complete the Digital Commons submission form.

  • Following the approval of your document, you will need to decide whether you would like to release it to the public immediately or, if you plan to publish all or part of it, restrict access to it for a period of one, three, or seven years. You may also elect to restrict access to LSU email addresses only. 
    • The previously used Request for Restricted Access to Thesis/Dissertation form will no longer be accepted by the editor. This step is only completed through your Digital Commons account.
  • Upon your document restriction's expiration, your document will automatically become publicly available for download in Digital Commons. If you would like to request an extension on a current restriction, please send a request to that includes the Digital Commons URL of your document. Please be aware that extensions are awarded in seven-year increments, and that documents cannot remain restricted for longer than 21 years from the time of their submission.
  • The IRS requires publication as a condition of LSU’s tax-exempt status. To qualify for exemption, we must operate for the public good and publication must be timely. The IRS considers conference presentations, posters, internet publication, etc., as publication. View pdf for more detailed information.

  • Attach your document and click ‘Submit’. 
  • A confirmation page will appear and shortly after you will receive a confirmation email.

  • You will be notified via email by the reviewer if additional corrections are needed and when the document is approved. The Graduate School will only review the first submission on Digital Commons, and students should edit his/her first submission. 
  • Do not upload multiple revisions of your document. Substantial formatting corrections may cause affect the student's ability to meet the semester's submission deadline and delay anticipated graduation date.

  • All document revisions must be submitted by logging into your Digital Commons account
  • Instructions on how to submit revisions and reset your password can be found on the Submission Aid.

  • For master’s students graduating during the current semester, the process is complete after receiving the emailed approval notice.
  • For doctoral students, it is complete after receiving the approval notice and completing the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
    • Students registering for Degree-Only for the upcoming semester must have completed and submitted your thesis or dissertation by the degree-only deadline. Please submit the document in advance, so the staff to have a sufficient amount of time to review, and for the student to have time to make any required revisions. Students must have the final document approved and completed registration by 4:30 pm on the date of the deadline on the Graduate School Calendar.